At the Alibi you can eat breakfast — even a classic Hangtown Fry — at the padded bar. The establishment was recently remodeled to add an extra room, but without spoiling the bar’s character.
This very special Mexican (or “Spanish,” as the vintage sign would have it) restaurant has been in Guadalupe since 1944, but had to close down for a few years due to seismic retrofitting and rewiring. Much to our pleasant surprise, it re-opened at the end of 2015.
The Quiroga family has lovingly maintained the original menu and pretty much everything else about the place, including the diner-style counter, the historic range, the napkin holders, and — best of all — “Pancho’s Hideaway” in back.
No doubt, La Simpatia will again be popular as a location for filming movies and TV commercials, as it has in the past. Here’s a scene from the 2001 movie Cowboy Up with Molly Ringwald and Kiefer Sutherland sitting at the counter.
More placeholder images of an incredible cocktail lounge that opened in 1962. (But we’ll visit there before long, for sure.)
The Sip ‘n’ Dip seems to have it all: padding galore, Tiki drinks, “Piano Pat,” and even mermaids. If this isn’t heaven, heaven can wait.
You can see Piano Pat play and watch the mermaids swim on the Sip ‘n’ Dip Facebook page.
A friendly, rural bar/restaurant. (Facebook page.)